Plans for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s upcoming May wedding are moving at lightning speed, and there will be some parallels to Prince William and Kate Middleton’s 2011 nuptials. But, even though both royal weddings will have cost millions of dollars and be watched by millions of people, there will be many differences between each brother’s big day. Since Harry doesn’t have to adhere to certain protocol like William did, how will the younger brother and his bride-to-be make their special day their own?
As the future King and Queen of England, protocol required a traditional ceremony with pomp and circumstance for William and Kate. But, Harry will never be the monarch, so he and Markle will keep things more low-key. Of course, it will be grander than the average wedding, but nothing like the spectacle put on by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
According to People magazine, Harry and Markle will get married at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, an 800-seat venue filled with royal history. This is a much smaller space than the 2000-seat Westminster Abbey where William and Kate got married.
Since the ceremony will not take place in London, there will not be a balcony kiss or a procession through the city. Instead of the traditional horse-drawn carriage procession, Harry and Markle will find a substitute for the royal ride that will allow the public to feel like part of the big day.
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When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement, British Prime Minister Teresa May said that their wedding day would not be a bank holiday. This means that U.K. workers will not automatically get the day off from work and banks will be open. May says she used precedent for her decision, stating that when Prince Andrew married Sarah Ferguson, there wasn’t a bank holiday.
Since the wedding is not a full-on state occasion, there will be fewer foreign royal families and dignitaries in attendance. But, because of Markle’s Hollywood connection, there is likely to be more celebrities. Markle is good friends with Serena Williams, Priyanka Chopra, and her Suits co-star Patrick J. Adams, and they are all expected to be on the guest list.
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And, probably the two most high-profile Americans who will snag an invite will be Harry’s good friends Barack and Michelle Obama.
Per Elle magazine, two more famous faces that will be part of the ceremony will be Prince Charlotte and Prince George. Harry’s niece and nephew are expected to be a bridesmaid and a page boy.
But, before the big day arrives, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be enjoying some much-needed downtime. Us Weekly is reporting that the couple will be taking a vacation after their three-day Christmas celebration with Queen Elizabeth and the rest of the royal family.